Ka Hikina O Ka Lā is a specialized program at the University of Hawai’i Maui College (UHMC) funded by the National Science Foundation in response to the application to erect the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) upon the summit of Haleakala. The sacred and legendary mountaintop provides extensive educational opportunities through collaborations between the Native Hawaiian community, University of Hawaii Maui College, and the National Science Foundation. This approach provides a learning environment that integrates Native Hawaiian cultural knowledge and practices into modern scientific technology and instruction. Ka Hikina O Ka Lā is committed to increasing the participation of Native Hawaiians in higher education and guiding them to leadership roles in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The program aims to continuously build strong relationships among cultural resources, scientists, technicians, educators, STEM employers, and community leaders.

“Encouraging the practice of traditional ideas in modern study”

*Preference given to Maui County residents and individuals of
Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.


This is an intensive 4 week program that offers students the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as learn about the cultural practices and historical significance of Hawaiʻi, in a fun and engaging environment. Students will be exposed to a variety of disciplines. which include Agriculture, Physics, Science Lab Technology and Electrical Engineering, and Hawaiian Studies. During the summer course students will participate in field trips, in-class activities, and lectures designed to stimulate their interest in STEM careers and Hawaiian culture.

Applications are now CLOSED for Summer Bridge 2016


The Ka Hikina O Ka Lā Early Admit Program is now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 semester.

The Early Admit program is an opportunity for Maui County high school students to earn college credits by completing coursework at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. The program focuses on students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and /or Hawaiian Studies. The goal of the Early Admit Program is to support students by providing early learning opportunities to receive college credits while still attending high school. By participating in the Early Admit Program we hope to reduce the time and expense of education beyond high school.

If you are interested in applying please click on the link below.


All applications will be reviewed and students will be selected depending on area of interest, availability of courses, and overall preparedness for college classes. Summer registration will start on April 11, 2016. We would like to make contact with students by April 5th to discuss summer course options, so apply today!

By submitting an application you are not bound to any agreements with UHMC and can choose to withdraw from the Early Admit Program at any time prior to course registration. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Preference given to Maui County residents and individuals of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Supporting Documents (for returning students only):

If you are a CURRENT UHMC Early Admit student (attended class during the Spring 2016 semester) you will need to do the Early Admission Form. This form needs to be completed every semester. Click here for Early Admission Form


We are currently working with various cultural outreach programs on the UH Maui College campus and in the community to support student enrichment. All students who are selected to be part of our “Academic Cohort” are required to participate in these activities in order to help them develop a more well-rounded academic experience. In addition to student involvement we are also actively working with local K-12 schools to create professional development workshops and develop curriculum that incorporates modern scientific processes with the historical knowledge of native Hawaiians. Native Hawaiians understand the complex physical and biological processes that occur throughout nature, and are recognized as being the worlds greatest mariners. Their knowledge of the oceans allow them to transverse great distances and procure food in new and innovative ways that till today hold precedence.

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College Cohort:

STEM Outreach

Cultural Outreach

UH Maui College_Programs

This is a merit based and highly competitive program developed to assist college students interested in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics or related fields, who also have shown an interest in native Hawaiian language, culture, and history. Students who are selected will receive individualized academic and personal support through program counselors, priority registration if applicable, student employment, semester and summer internships, networking opportunities, academic travel to conferences and events, job placement assistance upon degree completion, and financial assistance through performance-based stipends. In order to qualify students must be actively pursuing one of the following degrees, which include but not limited to Hawaiian Studies, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nursing, Dental, Engineering, and Applied Business and Information Technology.

If you are interested in applying please click on the link below.
Application for Fall 2016 College Cohort is now CLOSED.

APPLY NOW for Fall 2016


Cultural and Natural Resource Management Program

Who is eligible:

Molokaʻi High School Sophomores and Juniors


Course 1: Heritage Sites in Archaeology – Summer 2016 ( July 5-July 29)
Course 2: Hawaiian Culture – Fall 2016 (August 22- December 15)
Course 3: Mālama Ahupuaʻa – Spring 2017 (January 9- May 11)


UH Maui College – Moloka’i. Course may also include field trips to various sites on Molokaʻi.


Earn free high school AND up to 12 college credits
Earn a $400.00 stipend per course successfully completed for a total of $1200.00

Application Deadline: March 31, 2016–CLOSED!

If you have any questions please contact Pūlama Lima at calima@hawaii.edu

This summer, Ka Hikina O Ka Lā is excited to offer its first ever Digital Media Program. The credit course being offered is titled Media Leadership: Using Media as a Tool for Social Change and will run for 4 weeks. The Digital Media course is free to students who are selected to participate. Also, students who successfully complete the course will earn a stipend. There are ONLY 15 slots available, so don’t wait, apply today! The deadline to apply is June 18, 2016.

Who is eligible:

  • 2016 Graduating High School Seniors
  • College students (current or entering)


  • July 11 – August 5
    • Week 1, 2, & 4 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9 am – 12 pm
    • Week 3 – will be a 40 hr week; 5 days/8hrs a day
    • Lab requirement 4 hours (1 hr per week)
  • August 5, 2016 – Ho’ike


  • University of Hawai’i Maui College – Maui Campus

Additional Information:

  • Earn college credits
  • Students who successfully complete the course will earn a stipend

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact:

Debra Bal at 984-3798 or email her at shirotad@hawaii.edu

Application Deadline: June 18, 2016 — CLOSED

Click here to APPLY NOW!

Important Dates

Staff Contact


Funded by the National Science Foundation:

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope Mitigation Initiative